Has Your Child Been Stigmatized? Why Labels Hurt at School

The idea behind the word “stigma” leaves a painful scar–labels stick. As kids get older all that “nice-nice treat others with respect” goes right out the window once those same students transition to middle school. Sorry but your kidlet who is integrated into the regular classroom will get bullied. If I sound a bit flippant about this, I don’t mean to be. Consequently, this is not about respecting other classmates or what should happen at […]

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Does Your Child’s Teacher Have the IEP Accommodation List? You Sure About That?

It has only been about a month or so since school began, but there might still be challenges parents need to work out with the new teachers. One issue I often hear about is that the new teacher does not provide modifications or accommodations consistently or accurately. While parents are working out these challenges with the new teachers, it might be a good idea to ask the special education coordinator if all of your child’s […]

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“FREE” Easy Research Writing ‘Template’ For a Simple 5 Paragraph Essay

Help your student write independently ***Click below for a FREE blank template  Students who learn differently might find the attached “Research Writing Template” helpful when constructing their own 5 paragraph essay. For a personal narrative, persuasive, or argumentative essay, students will find this basic outline easy to use. Simply fill-in the areas using their own data and information. Remember, a persuasive and argumentative essay is an attempt to change someone’s opinion so students will look for […]

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SAT (Test) Accommodations

If your special education student is planning on going to college, he or she will need to take the Standardized Achievement Test (SAT). These tests are administered at the high school level, usually during the 11th and 12th  grade. Some students take it earlier and often improving the score each time. With special education students though, improving their score is imperative. That is why the accommodations are so important. Students do get accommodations when they take […]

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Does Your Child Have Special Needs or a Disability?

If  you refer to your child as having “special needs” instead of having a “disability” you would not be alone. Many schools refer to some classrooms as “special education” not “disability education.” So, it is only natural that parents would follow suit. Below you will read about an unscientific experiment I conducted. I wanted to understand if my perception of the words, “special needs,” or “disability,” has an implied stigma for people with challenges. Parents […]

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